12 Top-Rated Campgrounds on the Oregon Coast

Written by Brad Lane
Nov 17, 2020

Great campgrounds line the Oregon coast up and down, alongside scenic attractions and jaw-dropping viewpoints. Campgrounds on the coast cater to RV drivers, tent campers, and hikers or bicyclists arriving via muscle-powered transportation.

Oregon State Parks operates many of the best places to stay on the coast. And like Cape Lookout or Harris Beach, all state park campgrounds share similar characteristics, including hot showers, flushing toilets, and designated hiker/biker sites reserved for non-motorized travelers. For additional details and to make reservations, visit the Oregon State Parks website.

Other campgrounds on the coast fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. These campgrounds are more primitive in nature and often include more secluded spots to enjoy the roar of crashing waves nearby.

Be sure to book any camping reservations ahead of time, particularly in the summer months, when the coastal weather is nothing short of postcard-perfect. Find a great place to camp next to the ocean with our list of the best campgrounds on the Oregon Coast.

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1. Cape Lookout State Park

Hiking trails fan out from the campground at Cape Lookout

Hiking trails fan out from the campground at Cape Lookout | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

At the center of the Three Capes Scenic Route, one of the top attractions of the Oregon Coast, Cape Lookout State Park provides more than 200 campsites within earshot of the ocean.

While most campsites at Cape Lookout cater to tent camping, more than 50 full hookup sites for RVs are also available. Cape Lookout also offers various pet-friendly yurts, deluxe cabins, and one of the best hiker/biker camps on the coast.

Every overnight visitor has access to free hot showers, restroom facilities, and a stunning natural environment. A network of hiking trails leads from the camping area to explore the forested cape environment, including routes to the top for a spectacular view. Trails in the park also lead to the adjoining Netarts Spit, which offers a long, sandy stretch of oceanfront to explore at leisure.

Address: 13000 Whiskey Creek Road, Tillamook, Oregon

2. Fort Stevens State Park

Peter Iredale shipwreck at Fort Stevens

Peter Iredale shipwreck at Fort Stevens | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the far northwest tip of Oregon, and one of the top attractions in Astoria, Fort Stevens State Park is a retired military space now converted into one of the largest campgrounds on the coast. This unique history, alongside an expansive sandy beach, makes Fort Stevens one of the most popular places to go camping in Oregon.

Even with more than 300 tent and 150 RV spaces available, advanced camping reservations are still recommended (especially in the summer). Shower houses, flushing toilets, and running water can be found within the two massive campground loops at Fort Stevens. The campground also features one of the most impressive amphitheaters in the country, which showcases educational movies throughout the week.

It's highly recommended to explore the site's military history spread throughout the park during any stay. Facilities include barracks, batteries, and bunkers. The visitor center is a great place to start a self-guided history tour, where archival photographs and displays paint a picture of the fort's military past.

The ocean access at Fort Stevens is also a main draw. The ancient remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck on the beach is a must-see sight. And unique to the rest of the coast, vehicles are allowed on parts of the beach at Fort Stevens. Despite this vehicle traffic and its popularity for clamming, it's easy to find your own space on the wide beach, which stretches for nearly 20 miles to the south.

Address: 100 Peter Iredale Road, Hammond, Oregon

3. Harris Beach State Park

Oceanside views at Harris Beach State Park

Oceanside views at Harris Beach State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the far southern end of the Oregon coast, Harris Beach State Park accommodates hikers, bikers, car campers, and RV dwellers with more than 150 campsites available. This spacious campground's real appeal comes from its immediate surroundings - including easy access to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor just up the road.

Approximately 90 sites cater to RVs at Harris Beach, some with full hookups and some with just electric plug-ins. The state park also has approximately 60 tent sites. Every pull-up camp spot at Harris Beach State Park comes with a paved parking spot, picnic table, and fire ring, as well as nearby water, restrooms, and showers.

The campground is situated within the city limits of Brookings and next to the ocean. A paved pedestrian path within the campground accesses the beach and inspiring views before connecting to Downtown Brookings.

Location: Brookings, Oregon

4. Wright's for Camping

Haystack Rock near Wright's for Camping

Haystack Rock near Wright's for Camping | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

For a great, family-owned campground near Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock, Wright's for Camping has provided a picturesque place to pitch a tent since 1959. This popular campground is a car-and-tent campground only, with no RV spaces available. And with 22 spacious sites, Wright's offers a quiet environment within shaded surroundings.

One of the biggest appeals of this family-friendly and family-operated campground is its proximity and access to Cannon Beach. In less than a half-mile jaunt from the campground, guests can enjoy one of the top beaches on the Oregon Coast, including the iconic views of the towering Haystack Rock.

Running water, free showers, and a coin-operated laundry are available for guests of the campground.

Near the campground, the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve offers a fun forested hike for the whole family. The campground shuts down between October and May, so that the resident Cannon Beach elk herd can utilize the space.

Address: 334 Reservoir Road, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Official site: http://www.wrightsforcamping.com/

5. Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

Accessible beach from Washburne at sunset

Accessible beach from Washburne at sunset | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the east side of the 101, between Yachats and Florence, this 1,000-acre state park has approximately 60 campsites available. Campsites at Washburne, unlike most state park campgrounds, are exclusively available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many sites cater to RVs, with full hookups available. Two reservable yurts are also available, as are hiker/biker sites. All overnight guests have access to flushing toilets, running water, and free hot showers.

The beach adjacent to Carl G. Washburne is a great place to explore or relax. Paved and unpaved hiking trails lead from the campground to the beach and various other wildlife-viewing areas. For those who want to make a great day trip from the campground, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is a short drive to the south.

Location: Florence, Oregon

6. Tillamook Head Backpackers Camp

Backpackers Camp atop Tillamook Head

Backpackers Camp atop Tillamook Head | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Free campgrounds on the Oregon coast are hard to come by. In part, that's what makes the backpackers camp atop Tillamook Head within Ecola State Park unique and special. The other factor that makes this free camping spot one of Oregon's best campgrounds is its stunning postcard environment.

Surrounded by towering, old-growth trees, which add a sense of wooded mysticism, the Tillamook Head backpackers camp consists of three Adirondack shelters and available tent space. Vault toilets and a large picnic pavilion are also at the top, as well as a food hang. Every overnight accommodation atop the head is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Overcrowding is rarely an issue thanks to no water access and a challenging 4.5-mile hike up to the campground. The easiest access point for this hike-in campground comes from the neighboring city of Seaside to the north. As well as carrying water to the campground, hikers and overnight users also need to pack out all trash they accumulate.

A short trail leads west from the campground to a magnificent view of the ocean. Here, the distant and decommissioned Tillamook Rock Lighthouse offers a beautiful silhouette against the setting sun. A large, communal firepit at the campground encourages campers to connect after the sun has gone down.

7. Nehalem Bay State Park

Horse riding at Nehalem Bay State Park

Horse riding at Nehalem Bay State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Less than a two-hour drive from all the big-city attractions in Portland, this state park is set upon a four-mile sand spit separating Nehalem Bay from the ocean. More than 260 electrical sites cater to RVs and tent campers at Nehalem Bay. The state park also has the largest selection of yurts on the coast, with 18 available to rent.

Via a short, sandy trail, campers cross a dune to access the beach and ocean from the campground. Restrooms, running water, and showers are all included on-site. Camping reservations are recommended if not required in the summer season.

Just a couple of miles north of the campground, the small town of Manzanita is a great place to buy camping supplies, eat out for a meal, or catch some live music on the weekends.

Address: 34600 Gary Street, Nehalem, Oregon

8. Sunset Bay State Park

Shore Acres near Sunset Bay State Park

Shore Acres near Sunset Bay State Park

South of Coos Bay and the fishing village of Charleston, Sunset Bay State Park is tucked neatly in a bay created by sandstone sea cliffs. The sheltered surroundings of Sunset Bay keep the waters nice and calm for water play and provide refuge from the sometimes-breezy conditions on the coast.

The tucked-away campground at Sunset Bay features spaces for RVs, tent campers, hikers, and cyclists. Every site includes access to running water, showers, and flushing toilets. Every site also features easy access to the ocean, only a short walk away.

For neighboring adventures connected by hiking trails, both Shore Acres State Park and Cape Arago State Park are just a little farther south. Both these state parks offer other camping options and coast to explore.

Location: Coos Bay, Oregon

9. Beverly Beach State Park

Spencer Creek Bridge at Beverly Beach State Park

Spencer Creek Bridge at Beverly Beach State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Halfway between Depoe Bay and Newport, two of the top small towns on the Oregon Coast, Beverly Beach State Park can be found on the east side of the 101. The park provides easy beach access under the bridge spanning Spencer Creek.

The Spencer Creek Bridge frames the campground's western loop, and all 250 campsites are distributed among massive shade-producing trees. Nearly half the campsites at Beverly Beach cater to tent camping, with the other half accommodating RVs, with full hookups and electric-only options.

The campground also has a secluded hiker/biker site that's perfect for those traveling the coast by foot or bicycle. Showers, running water, and flushing toilets are all available for guests of the campground.

Address: 198 Northeast 123rd Street, Newport, Oregon

10. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Umpqua River Lighthouse

Umpqua River Lighthouse | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

One of the smaller state park campgrounds on the coast, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is a mile south of Winchester Bay and near the center of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

The 12 full-hookup RV sites and 23 tent sites at Umpqua are centered around the freshwater Lake Marie. A scenic paved path circles the water and lends access to non-motorized boating, fishing, and swimming. Adjacent to the campground, the Umpqua River Lighthouse provides aesthetic appeal and elevated views of the distant ocean shore.

Yurts, rustic log cabins, and a cozy hiker/biker camp are also available at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, and all registered campers have access to hot showers and flushing toilets.

Location: Reedsport, Oregon

11. Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Off-highway vehicles on the beach near Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Off-highway vehicles on the beach near Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

With more than 350 campsites available, Jessie M. Honeyman is one of the largest state park campgrounds on the Oregon Coast. Honeyman State Park caters to RV and tent camping and is surrounded by the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Dune enthusiasts and off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders often fill the campground.

Three freshwater lakes are also within the state park, which are well used by swimmers, anglers, and anyone looking to cool off from the summer sun. No direct trails link Honeyman to the ocean, but outside of snowy-plover-restricted seasons (March to September), OHV riders can find their own route to the beach.

Running water and restrooms are available for all overnight users. The state park also provides ample parking and staging areas for OHV riders.

Location: Florence, Oregon

12. Rock Creek Campground

Rock Creek Campground

Rock Creek Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Operated by the National Forest Service within the Siuslaw National Forest of Central Oregon, Rock Creek Campground provides a well-shaded place to stay close to the ocean. The 14 sites at Rock Creek are non-electric and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Vault toilets and potable water are located nearby.

A half-mile paved walking trail takes campers straight to the beach, and nearby forested trailheads invite exploration into the surrounding Rock Creek Wilderness. Fishing and birding are popular activities in the area. The long stretch of beach accessed from Rock Creek is particularly notable for its sunsets.

Eight miles to the north, Cape Perpetua delivers on one of the most stunning views found on the coast.

Address: 93825 US-101, Florence, Oregon

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